A man has been charged after stabbing an EMT worker inside an ambulance near Mount Sinai West at 59th Street Wednesday night. The assailant, 48-year-old Bronx resident Rudy Garcia, reportedly stabbed the 25-year-old EMT in the arms and legs with a kitchen knife as she was treating him.
Garcia was first picked up at West 94th Street and Amsterdam Avenue on a cardiac arrest call. Shortly after entering the ambulance, he attacked the EMT worker. Though authorities say he was acting erratically, the motive behind the stabbing is unknown.
The 25-year-old emergency responder, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.
On Thursday morning, the NY Post released a video showing the aftermath of the attack. In it, the EMT worker can be seen lying on the ground outside the ambulance screaming and crying. Her colleagues tend to her while the assailant goes back into the ambulance. When he comes out again, the first responders tell him, “Back off now! Keep your hands down!”
Garcia then says, “I don’t know what happened,” and an EMT worker replies, “You stabbed her, bro!”
On Thursday, Garcia was arrested on charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and obstructing governmental administration. According to authorities, Garcia’s criminal record shows eight prior arrests, with charges including criminal possession of a weapon, assault, menacing, drug possession, and robbery. His most recent arrest was in June for transit fraud.